Stragglers 23 conquer Elmore 7

Posted by Malcolm Davies on 16 July 2017

23 Stragglers made their presence felt at Chipstead Saturday 15th July in another great showing for the club, to keep our Surrey League Campaign firmly on track.  Once again South London Harriers did a great job laying on a race which was dominated by a very high quality field of club runners from across the County.  Starting and finishing at the Chipstead Country Show, with some fairly significant hills in between, this is a race like no other.

In the circumstances Straggler Men’s and Ladies teams put on a very good show of their own.  The men were led home by Jonathan Ormerod finishing in 18th place overall against some extremely tough opposition. Chris Walmsley managed a 28th place and Roy Reeder flying the flag for the M50s completed the top 3 scorers in 40th place, an excellent set of results. Behind them there were some interesting battles going on notably between Dan Greenslade and Nick Brown, with Dan coming out on top in that one by six seconds and Martin Vivian edging out Noel Hollingsworth by all of 3 seconds! but looking through the squad there were strong performances throughout.

The ladies had a new top scorer in their race in the form of Helen Davies to pick up the 35 points in Stragglers Road series.  Helen was closely followed by Kate Suttle for the senior ladies with Nicole Hambling enhancing her chances in the club road champs for the L35 category being the 3rd lady home.   There were some good performances further down the field considering the toughness of the race and the rather humid conditions.

The team then repaired to the show’s refreshment tent for tea (in a china cup!) and cake, a rather civilised way to debrief before enjoying the rest of the Country Fair which included an impressive display of a flock of sheep and a giant Boa Constrictor!

Results on the website and below,  some of the Stragglers Team just before the start.

Some Stragglers At Elmore

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